Bay Area Discovery Museum - Sausalito
What: Noon Year's Eve
When: December 31 from 9 a.m. to 2
Details: Count down to New Year's. Celebrate the clock striking 12 noon and create your own noisemakers and party hats as the ball drops.
Cost: $11 for admission. Optional $15 goody bag (order online) with bubbles, sunglasses, necklaces and more
Asian Art Museum - San Francisco
What: Strike a Japanese temple bell to ring in the new year
When: Sunday, December 30.
9-11 a.m. bell ringing for museum members.
11 a.m. bell ringing ceremony for nonmembers
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. art activites
RSVP: none. Children 12 and under get in free. Get your numbered tickets at the front desk.
Cost: Free with admission
Hiller Aviation Museum - San Carlos
What: Noon Year's Eve Celebration
When: December 31st, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (balloon drop at noon)
Details: Face painting, magician, music, games, bounce house, climbing wall, flight simulation game, live entertainment, balloon drop
RSVP: none. Event free with admission.
Children's Discovery Museum - San Jose
What: Balloon Drop
When: December 31, from 10-4. In the past they've had a balloon drop at 12, 1 and 2, plus music, games and prizes. Not sure if they're doing it this year, but the museum is open that day.
Details: create a noisemaker, a party hat, other crafts and "countdown to noon across the time zones"
Cost: free with admission
What: Zoolights - holiday decorations, lights and music - at night!
When: through December 31, 5:30-9 p.m. on 12/31
Details: This isn't a special New Year's Eve program, but if you're looking to do something fun that night, check out the Zoolights.
Cost: $6-8 plus zoo admission for nonmembers
I'm sure there's more happening - please comment with more ideas!!!